Horse Racing Ireland to sponsor “Horse Racing Heroes” podcast


Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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A jubilant Lar Byrne leads in the mighty Hardy Eustace and Conor O'Dwyer after their victory over Brave Inca in the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in January 2007. Photo: Caroline Norris/Racing Post


Horse Racing Ireland has today announced their sponsorship of season two of the “Horse Racing Heroes” podcast.

Compiled and presented by racing fan Mark Walsh, the podcast uniquely focuses on one equine hero per episode and gained a worldwide audience when introduced last year. 

Commenting on the new sponsorship, Paul Dermody, CEO of HRI Racecourses & Director of Commercial & Marketing, said: “Mark deserves great credit for his “Horse Racing Heroes” podcast and we are delighted to be involved. It is rare to find a podcast which centres on just one horse and the people around it and we believe that Mark has landed on something very special.

“HRI is determined to expand the reach of the podcast which has already gained many thousands of followers at home and abroad. We will share this brilliant content across our online and social channels, providing listeners and followers with even more in-depth and behind the scenes racing stories each fortnight.”

The new season of the “Horse Racing Heroes” podcast, which can be found on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify, kicked off with a look back on the career of the mighty Faugheen and featured interviews with the gelding’s first trainer Andy Slattery and the jockeys that made him famous, Patrick Mullins, Ruby Walsh and current champion Paul Townend. 

Episode two is out today (Wednesday, July 7) and Mark chats with owner Lar Byrne as they reminisce on the wonderful career of Hardy Eustace, trained by the late Dessie Hughes.

Mark Walsh said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have HRI on board for the second season of the “Horse Racing Heroes” podcast. With their support, I’m confident we can take the show to a new level. I’m excited about the guests I have lined up for the series - from Michael Owen to Brendan Duke to Francois Doumen – I’m sure we have plenty of variety and something for everyone.”

Below is a list of this season's “Horse Racing Heroes” podcasts with two more to be confirmed at a later date.

 • Hardy Eustace - with Lar Byrne and Kevin O'Ryan
• Montjeu - with John Hammond
• Finian's Rainbow - with Conor Murphy and Barry Geraghty
• Mister Benedictine - with Brendan Duke
• Brown Panther - with Michael Owen
• The Fellow - Francois Doumen
• Dark Emerald - Brendan Powell Snr

HRI is determined to expand the reach of the podcast which has already gained many thousands of followers at home and abroad. We will share this brilliant content across our online and social channels, providing listeners and followers with even more in-depth and behind the scenes racing stories each fortnight.

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